Optimized Radar System Reference Design Using a DSP+ARM SoC
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For modern radar system developers currently using an FPGA or ASIC to connect to high speed data converters, who need faster time to market with increased performance and significant reduction in cost, power, and size, this reference design includes the first widely available processor integrating a JESD204B interface and Digital Front End (DFE) processing. Connecting to the ADC14X250 and DAC38J84 provides an efficient solution for avionics and defense applications such radar, electronic warfare, compute platforms and transponders.

  • Easy integration of signal processor to data converters over JESD204B
  • Sampling of a single 100MHz channel, when connected to ADC14X250
  • DFE processing for filtering, down-sampling or up-sampling; FFTC hardware accelerator to offload compute-intensive 2D FFT operations, achieving low latency and high accuracy
  • Wideband sampling with JESD attached signal processing solution including Digital Signal Processor (DSP), ADC and DAC boards, demo software, configuration GUIs and Getting Started Guide
  • A robust demonstration and development platform including three EVMs, a deterministic latency card, schematic, BOM, user guide, benchmarks, software and demos

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TI Devices (4)

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Part Number Name Product Family Sample & Buy Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
66AK2L06  Multicore DSP+ARM KeyStone II System-on-Chip (SoC)  Digital signal processors (DSP)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
ADC14X250  14-Bit, 250-MSPS Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC)  Analog-to-digital converters (ADCs)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
DAC38J84  Quad-Channel, 16-Bit, 2.5-GSPS, 1x-16x Interpolating Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)  Digital-to-analog converters (DACs)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
LMK04828  Ultra-low jitter synthesizer & jitter cleaner  Clocks & timing  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules

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Application notes (1)
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PDF 3884 24 Jun 2016
User guides (1)
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PDF 2777 08 Dec 2015
Selection guides (1)
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PDF 9699 22 Mar 2017
White papers (1)
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PDF 2427 17 Dec 2015
Design files (4)
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ZIP 4391 04 Feb 2016
ZIP 2281 04 Feb 2016
PDF 100 04 Feb 2016
PDF 1357 04 Feb 2016
More literature (1)
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PDF 1047 15 Apr 2015
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Software development (3)

Name Part Number Software Type
Processor SDK for 66AK2LX Processors - Linux and TI-RTOS support  PROCESSOR-SDK-K2L  Software development kits (SDK) 
Radio Frequency Software Developer Kit (RFSDK)  RFSDK  Software development kits (SDK) 
SYS/BIOS and Linux Multicore Software Development Kits (MCSDK) for C66x, C647x, C645x Processors  BIOSLINUXMCSDK  Software development kits (SDK) 

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